There are three main types of pain: nociceptive pain, the type we’re most familiar with, from bee stings and ankle strains to inflammatory arthritis. There’s neuropathic pain, arising from damage to the peripheral nervous system or the brain itself due to disease or injury. Then there are functional pain disorders arising from complex organic dysfunction, sometimes called ‘primary pain’, but most often just known as ‘other’. Continue reading
Australia is the sunniest continent on Earth — which is why it also has the highest rates of skin cancer. But plentiful sunlight is also likely responsible for the lesser known ‘ocular surface cancer’, which occurs when abnormal cells on the eye grow and divide in an uncontrolled way. Continue reading
By Prof Mark Hutchinson and Dr Kathy Nicholson
As we move into week two of voluntary self-isolation, remote workplaces have become the new normal.
Within the CNBP network, we find ourselves drawing on the past six years of managing a community of over 200 researchers who work and collaborate on our research program across the globe. Continue reading
As one of the first members of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem’s work touches virtually every piece of research at the centre.
She develops the optical glass fibres, along with their crucial coatings, that deliver information about the environment they are designed to measure. Continue reading
5 March 2020: By Kathy Nicholson
It is international women’s day this Sunday and, like many research organisations in Australia, we need to keep talking about Women in STEM.
Fortunately, from its foundation, CNBP has been focused on building an inclusive, diverse and supportive research environment.
Here’s some of what we have learned over the past six years. While it may seem overly simple, it is still remarkable how many of these things are not happening.
Hopefully these insights will provide you, not matter what stage of career you are in, with tools to create change. Continue reading
In doubles tennis, teamwork is everything: knowing when to poach and when to fake, dividing the court effectively between partners, and knowing how to subtly communicate so that every serve placed benefits your partner. It’s a bit like science, said Hanna McLennan. Continue reading
Pain is a normal part of life, but persistent pain is oppressive to endure. “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die,” said Roman emperor Julius Caesar, “than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” Continue reading
For a couple unable to naturally conceive, in vitro fertilisation is often the only option – but it’s one that involves months, even years, of hope intertwined with disappointment. Contributing to the ‘hit and miss’ are the eggs taken from fallopian tubes of hopeful mothers or donors: healthy eggs are essential for healthy embryos to develop into a pregnancy and, ultimately, a baby. Continue reading
8 January 2020:
From capturing images of cellular processes to sensing electromagnetic fields in extreme environments, researchers at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics are harnessing the unique properties of diamonds for a wide variety of applications. Continue reading
Few materials shine light like diamond, and researchers are beginning to harness this property to explore the brain in minute detail.
At the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Marco Capelli uses these tiny crystals to measure magnetic fields surrounding neurons with the goal of having them side-by-side, leading to fresh insights on cell communication. Continue reading